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Healthy Cooking Side Dishes

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Butternut Squash Apple Bake

Butternut Squash Apple Bake

Butternut Squash Apple Bake

“Even if you don’t like squash, you’ll like this side dish,” Ellie Klopping promises from Toledo, Ohio. Sweet slices of butternut squash are topped with apples in a cinnamon-sugar glaze for an elegant accompaniment.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

"These mini cabbages are surprisingly big on flavor," notes Tina Repack of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Although the brussels sprouts are very simply seasoned, roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars, giving them a subtle sweetness.

Italian Roasted Potatoes

Italian Roasted Potatoes

Italian Roasted Potatoes

"The herbs in this recipe make ordinary potatoes extraordinary!" Stacey Diehl writes from her Lecanto, Florida home. "They go great with burgers or meat loaf."
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Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes are a perfect accompaniment any entree and lend a homey appeal. A hint of rosemary makes this dish an attention-getter, and it only takes five ingredients to prepare! “To make assembly even easier, I toss all the ingredients into a plastic bag and shake it up,” writes Julie Kocur from Abington, Maryland.

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

Garlic-Herb Orzo Pilaf

"Mildly flavored and flecked with garlic and fresh herbs, this creamy, versatile side dish can accompany a wide variety of entrees. Plus, it’s a cinch to put together." --Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

Hot and Zesty Quinoa

“I created this healthy whole grain side to serve my family instead of potatoes or rice. It’s so easy and has a little kick. Quinoa’s a nurturing grain and a complete protein.” —Sandra Letizia, Providence, Rhode Island

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

“These peppers stuffed with quinoa taste yummy,” Anna Engle proclaims from Streetsboro, Ohio. “My family and I enjoy them regularly, and I always look forward to leftovers.”

Kale with Bacon

Kale with Bacon

Kale with Bacon

The hearty bacon flavor in this side dish makes you forget that you're eating right. Seasoned with garlic, it's a great way to enjoy vitamin-rich kale. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

Makeover Cheddar Tot Casserole

Makeover Cheddar Tot Casserole

Makeover Cheddar Tot Casserole

This delicious dish is truly comfort food at its finest. Sour cream, butter and cream of chicken soup combine with Tater Tots to create a creamy, filling base. Then it's topped with crushed potato chips and cheddar cheese which complete this sinful supper.

Makeover Summer Squash Casserole

Makeover Summer Squash Casserole

Makeover Summer Squash Casserole

With a buttery cracker topping and lots of cheese, this lightened up classic casserole from Lisa Eldridge of Topeka, Kansas makes a guilt-free side dish at any meal. "I got the original recipe from a friend," Lisa notes. "And it is excellent."

Rigatoni Chard Toss

Rigatoni Chard Toss

Rigatoni Chard Toss

I had to get my firefighter husband to eat more fruits and veggies to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides. Fresh chard and tomatoes add a lot of fiber and vitamins to our diets, but we love this recipe for the flavor. While he would never admit to eating "health food" around the firehouse, this dish is one of many that made his trips to the doctor much more pleasant! —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
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